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Levin, Walter

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Berlin, 1924. Born in Berlin, he started his musical studies in Tel Aviv and at the Juilliard School of Music of New York with Ivan Galamian where he was distinguished with a special postgrade diploma on Chamber Music, created specifically for him. He was founder and first violin of the LaSalle Quartet that was named quartet in residence of the Colorado College. Later, Walter Levin was professor of violin and chamber music for thirty six years at the University of Cincinnati. Among his students are the Alban Berg, Prazak, Artis-Vienna and Voegler Quartets. He toured the world giving concerts with the La Salle Quartet and recorded an extensive discography for the Deutsche Grammophone label on an exclusive basis, winning the Deutsche Schallplatten price and the Grand Prix du Disque. The repertoire of the Quartet includes works written speciafically for them by Nono, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Kagel and other composers. Since the last concert of the LaSalle Quartet in May 1987, Walter Levin has been working with young chamber music quartets in Festivals and giving courses throughout America and Europe. In 1991-92 he was made a member of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Walter Levin has authored several publications such as Immigrant Musicians and the American Chamber Music Scene (1930), Verfemung der Atonalität-Gedanken eines Quartettspielers (1990) and has written articles for Musik Konzepte on Alan Berg's Lyric Suite, Adorno's Quartet op. 2 and The problematic relationship between Schönberg and Adorno. Walter Levin has participate in several TV productions such as Une leçon d'interpretation pour Quatour à Cordes de Walter Levin (1977) for Muzzik and Ma Vie-Mein Leben, an ARTE and ZDF coproduction released in 2002.

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BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

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Bonn, 1770 - Vienna, 1827. He was born in the German town of Bonn on the 16th of December 1770. His grandfather Ludwig and his father Johann were both musicians. Johann was to act as little Ludwig's first music teacher, but Ludwig soon changed to the court organist C. G. Neefe. Passing eleven years of age, Ludwig deputized for Neefe, and at twelve had his first music published. He then stayed as Neefe's assistant until 1787, when at seventeen, he took off for Vienna. Even though Vienna was to be his home for the rest of his life, this first visit was short. On hearing that his mother was dying, he quickly returned to Bonn. Five years later he finally moved to Vienna to live and work. After arriving in 1792 he studied composition and counterpoint under Haydn, Schenk, Salieri and Albrechtsberger. At the same time, he tried to establish himself as pianist and composer. His good relations with the towns aristocracy soon led to a secured income. In 1809, with the sole condition that he stayed in Vienna, Prince Kinsky, Prince Lobkowitz and Archduke Rudolp even guaranteed Beethoven a yearly income. But going back to the years around 1800, which is traditionally called the early period, he was still trying to master the high classical style. This strive culminated in the second symphony from 1801-1802. This is also the time when the middle period starts. From now up until 1813, Beethoven develops and enhances the high classical style into a more dynamic and individualistic style. It is now that he writes symphonies Nr. 3 - 8, piano consert Nr. 5 and a lot of chamber music. But as he learns to control his craft and develop the music into new undiscovered grounds, he also suffers from reminders of the pains of real life. He has early in life discovered that his hearing wasn't what it should be, and the disorder gets worse as time goes by. It gets to the point where Beethoven is thinking of ending his life as he sees no way out of his despair. That fact is documented in the letter he wrote to his brothers in 1802, the so called "Heiligenstadt Testament". This hearing disorder seems to have affected his social life to a great extent. He became difficult to handle in social interactions and could suddenly burst into outbreaks of anger and show bad temper where he usually insulted someone. If that is the reason for his troubles with women, or if their is something traumatic hidden in his childhood, I don't know, but the fact is that he never got involved with a woman in a normal relation. Beethoven seems to have been attracted to women he couldn't get, or at least was hard to get. An example is Antoine Brentano, with whom he had a relationship, but who broke up with him to marry a friend. It is she who is known as the "immortal beloved" in letters addressed to her from Beethoven in 1812. Now came a couple of years without much creative work. Instead he was tormented by personal matters concerning his nephew of which he tried to gain custody when the brother died in 1815. But Beethoven didn't have the capacity of a domestic human being, and even though he did win the struggle for custody, Beethovens relation with the nephew was tense and burdensome and it reached the point where little Karl tried to take his own life in 1826. This is also the so called late period in Beethovens musical career. His music is described as less dramatic and more introvert, but also, I would like to add, more mature and secure. It has a flavour of the genius growing old and an obvi

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  • BEETHOVEN | Levin < Música de cámara

    Cuarteto de cuerda en do mayor op 59 núm. 3 "Razumovsky"

    I. Introduzione. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace

    CLASS 5343: [O.V.: English]

    Content

    Parte - 11' 15''
    Parte - 12' 45''
    Parte - 41' 29''
  • BEETHOVEN | Levin < Música de cámara

    Cuarteto de cuerda en do mayor op 59 núm. 3 "Razumovsky"

    II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto

    CLASS 5343: [O.V.: English]

    Content

    Parte - 3' 15''
    Parte - 37' 57''
  • BEETHOVEN | Levin < Música de cámara

    Cuarteto de cuerda en do mayor op 59 núm. 3 "Razumovsky"

    III. Menuetto. Grazioso

    CLASS 5343: [O.V.: English]

    Content

    Parte - 12' 24''
  • BEETHOVEN | Levin < Música de cámara

    Cuarteto de cuerda en do mayor op 59 núm. 3 "Razumovsky"

    IV. Allegro molto

    CLASS 5343: [O.V.: English]

    Content

    Parte - 9' 10''

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